This matcha latte green tea recipe was inspired by The Matcha Tokyo. Since the state of emergency was declared in Japan, I’ve been working on this recipe at home in “lockdown”.
This was my treat. It gave me something to look forward to every morning even though I was stuck in isolation.
I promise you, after you try this matcha latte made with coconut milk, you won’t need to go back to dairy. I haven’t had a regular latte since I discovered this combination.
I also want to give credit to Dr. August Hergesheimer, anti-aging and nutrition expert (CEO of Abios), who taught me that coconuts are the only natural source of lauric acid. When we were babies, we got lauric acid from our mother in breast milk. It’s the most well-researched single nutrient that affects human immunity.
Matcha Latte with Coconut Milk? That’s weird.
These last few weeks being in quarantine, I’ve been experimenting with new ingredients that boost our immune system.
Somehow, the ideas of “healthy matcha” and “recipes to boost your immune system” merged together in my subconscious mind.
That’s how this new recipe for matcha coconut latte came into fruition.
When it came to matcha, I used to be a purist.
(In other words, I was snobbish and stubborn.)
Coconut latte was on the menu at The Matcha Tokyo, but I never considered ordering it. To be honest, I thought what a waste of high quality matcha!
And I was wrong.
Matcha and coconut– who would have guessed that this marriage of two flavors was meant to be?
Matcha Latte Recipe – Vegan, Keto, and No Added Sugar
Once I tried my first matcha coconut latte at home, I was hooked.
OMG. This drink was pure indulgence.
With no sugar added whatsoever, it’s hard to believe that this “liquid dessert” is so incredibly good for you.
Imagine if you could drink a cheesecake. It’s like that.
You’d think, there’s no way on Earth this is healthy.
The natural sweetness of matcha paired with the sweetness and creamy, healthy fats in coconut milk make drinking this so satisfying.
Think guilt-free milkshake.
Whether you are vegan, on a keto diet, or none-of-the-above,
you’ve got to try it.
Buying the Right Matcha Green Tea Online
The only thing is, you have to get your hands on some decent matcha.
If you spend $30 on high-grade organic matcha, of course it will taste amazing.
To make this recipe, I recommend you use good quality matcha that isn’t bitter.
If you search for matcha on Amazon Japan, there are a lot of choices. My guess is that the majority of the matcha available online isn’t very good quality.
I’ve tried the organic matcha that’s currently “Amazon’s Choice”. I would recommend getting better quality, better tasting matcha. (This time I don’t think I’m being snobbish, just honest.)
It doesn’t have to be expensive, you just have to know which matcha to buy.
Nagata-san, the owner of The Matcha Tokyo, told me that it’s very difficult to make good tasting matcha that’s sweet. He’s found only two regions in Japan, Kagoshima and Kyoto, that produce good quality, organic matcha that isn’t bitter.
These are my two current recommendations for organic matcha:
You can also order organic matcha products from The Matcha Tokyo Online Store.
Suisouen Organic Matcha available from www.suisouen.co.jp/ (Japanese only)
*Because of new rules, they can accept orders of 5 packages.
Suisouen matcha is now also available on Rakuten.(English and Japanese)
Rakuten prices are slightly more expensive than ordering directly.
When you’re drinking matcha, you’re consuming the whole leaf. This is the reason I always choose organic matcha.
The Best Coconut Milk for Your Health
I was familiar with coconut milk because of all my favorite Thai curries and desserts and sweet and creamy Indian curries. I vaguely remember buying coconut milk to make Massaman or Panang curry years ago. Yum…
I’ve known about the health benefits of coconut oil and MCT for a couple of years now. If you’re interested, you can learn more about the health benefits here.
But because I live in Japan, cooking with coconut milk hasn’t crossed my mind for years.
I found some cans of coconut milk at Bio C’ Bon Supermarket in my neighborhood in Tokyo.
Most of the time, I used Cocomi brand organic coconut milk.
On the can it’s say the coconuts are handpicked in Sri Lanka. There’s no additives, no added sugar, and the can linings are BPA-free.
When the supermarket was out of Cocomi (mostly my fault), I tried the more expensive, French organic brand, Riz L’Asie, which was even creamier, naturally sweet, and wonderful. Note: this brand does contain guar gum.
On Amazon, these are the two brands of coconut milk that I found:
Coconut milk with about 17%- 20% fat is about right. Shake the can first unless you want to scoop the cream off of the top make yours extra creamy.
I haven’t tried coconut cream with 30% coconut fat. From my experience, my guess is that a higher percentage of fat will make your matcha latte even more satisfying.* Saying this, there’s always too much of a good thing!
I recommend starting with coconut milk with 17% fat. Your latte art won’t be as amazing, but too much cream would make it too heavy. It would be like drinking full-fat whipping cream.
*The fat in coconut is really healthy!
Matcha and Coconut Milk– The Sweet Combination
High quality matcha and coconut milk are both naturally sweet.
Good matcha tastes sweet without any added sugar. It has a mild bitter aftertaste.
From my years in Japan, I also knew that matcha and cow’s milk was an amazing combination. I’d compare eating real matcha soft serve ice cream in Japan to the first time I ate gelato in Italy.
It’s not as sweet, but it is that good.
What’s so great about a matcha coconut latte is you can enjoy it guilt-free!
A Japanese Level of Sweetness
“No added sugar”.
When you buy a bottle of green tea at a convenience store in Japan, there’s no sweetened vs. unsweetened.
It’s just a given– you don’t add sugar to green tea.
I don’t recommend adding sugar to this coconut latte recipe either.
If you make it and want to spit it out, my guess is that the matcha you used is too bitter.
It should taste naturally sweet and perfectly satisfying as is. You shouldn’t need anything like honey or Stevia.*
If I make a hōjicha coconut latte on the weekend, I do like to add a little bit of honey.
When I drink this matcha coconut latte, I feel like no ingredient is missing.
I experimented a few times with adding small bits of banana and cinnamon. It never felt right.
Simple is best. That’s very Zen.
*Note: I’ve cut sugar out of my diet for the most part. My palette has adjusted to not liking food that’s too sweet.
How to make Matcha Lattes with Coconut Milk
Matcha Coconut Latte
- 1 1/4 tsp matcha
- 2 tbsp hot water* approximately 176°F (80°C)
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 pinch aojiru/matcha mix powder optional: to sprinkle on top
Boil water in a kettle. Then, let it cool down for 1-2 minutes.
Scoop matcha powder into a cup.
Gently heat coconut milk in a sauce pan on low heat.*
Add hot water to the cup.
Mix matcha with a bamboo whisk or spoon.
Pour coconut milk into cup.*
Swirl with spoon to make "latte art" (optional)
Sprinkle aojiru/matcha or matcha on top with a sieve (optional)
*Filtered or spring water is preferable.
*Coconut oil will naturally separate into water and oil. You can mix together in the can or use the thicker part of the coconut milk to make your latte extra creamy.
*It's not necessary to froth the coconut milk. I don't own a frother right now. Though, coconut milk will froth. From what I've seen, the bubbles will be a little big compared to cow's milk.
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The lesson I learned
I’ve found that every recipe for my blog teaches me a new lesson.
Every creation is the result of a process of trial and error, a string of successes and flops.
In March, the school where I teach closed after Prime Minister Abe made his announcement all of a sudden.
The Matcha Tokyo became my new “office”.
Then, when the lockdown in Tokyo began, we were asked by the government to stay home.
One week later, the cafe closed. Now, going to work at my favorite cafe was no longer an option.
As soon as I got into a new routine, something else would be closed. Even my favorite walking path was blocked off “due to coronavirus”. Ugh!
Of course, I was disappointed.
Over time, I learned to accept the situation. It was out of my control. What other choice did I have?
Each time, I was forced to adapt, to “change course”.
Because my favorite walking path was roped off, I had to find somewhere else to go by myself to get some fresh air.
I decided to go the park and ended up discovering a beautiful herb and flower garden with roses, lavender, and bees.
If there’s one thing this whole pandemic has taught me, it’s that what happens in life is not all up to me.
This is the truth as I see it:
Without the lockdown in Tokyo and my favorite cafe closing, this recipe would not have existed on my blog today. You and hundreds or thousands of other people wouldn’t be reading this.
If The Matcha Tokyo had never closed, their new online shop wouldn’t exist.
Who knows, maybe they’ll become the #1 online retailer of organic matcha!
Without The Matcha Tokyo having to close, maybe you wouldn’t have discovered the unlikely combination of matcha and coconut. It’s so good!
And green tea farmers in Japan and coconut farmers in Sri Lanka wouldn’t have received your support so they can take care of their families.
Maybe one person will read the part about healthy fats in coconut and it will inspire her to start eating better.
Isn’t it beautiful how life works?
Our lives are all connected–
We’re seeing how love, compassion, and health are contagious too. ❤️